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Ashford University

Where School Comes To You

You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Ashford delivers relevant degree programs to you anytime, everywhere, surrounded by a supportive community where you belong. Ashford University’s main campus is located in San Diego, CA. Ashford University offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in more than 50 disciplines and specializations. There are four academic colleges within the University: the College of Education; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Health, Human Services and Science; and the Forbes School of Business and Technology, which offers the majority of coursework online, and various master’s degree options.

Ashford University Accreditation

Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001,

Technology Changes Everything ®

Now school comes to you, making earning your college degree a real possibility. Experience a new way of learning through the innovative online experience at Ashford University. Earn the Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree you’ve always wanted. Your Ashford University experience brings you:


Choose from online college degrees in some of today’s in-demand fields including health care, education, business, and liberal arts.


The world is your campus. The tools available to you through Ashford University, including a mobile app, coursework content in the cloud, a portal for students, and much more lets you keep in touch with your courses and classmates while on-the-go.


Join a diverse student body where you belong. Students, faculty, and alumni interact and support each other from across the country and the world. Social media allow everyone in the Ashford community to connect and network whenever you wish. At the end of your journey, meet your fellow graduates at commencement. Thousands of students from across the country gather to celebrate.


You’re never alone. Your team at Ashford includes advisors, faculty members, mentors, writing consultants, librarians, career services specialists, and more. Get the support you need to be successful in earning your degree.

Ashford University Degree Programs

*certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

 Forbes School of Business and Technology

  • BA/Accounting
  • BA/Business Administration
  • BA/Business Economics
  • BA/Business Information Systems
  • BA/Business Leadership
  • BA/Consumer and Family Financial Services
  • BA/eMarketing
  • BA/Entrepreneurship
  • BA/Finance
  • BA/Human Resource Management
  • BA/International Business
  • BA/Operations Management and Analysis
  • BA/Organizational Management
  • BA/Project Management
  • BA/Public Administration
  • BA/Public Relations and Marketing – No Specialization
  • BA/Public Relations and Marketing – Information Systems
  • BA/Public Relations and Marketing – International Management
  • BA/Public Relations and Marketing – Project Management
  • BA/Real Estate Studies
  • BA/Service Management – No Specialization
  • BA/Service Management – Hospitality Enterprise
  • BA/Service Management – Retail Management
  • BA/Service Management – Non-Profit Enterprise
  • BA/Service Management – Restaurant Enterprise Management
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management – Entrepreneurship
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management – Finance
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management – Marketing
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management – Information Systems
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management – Project Management
  • BA/Supply Chain Management
  • MA/Organizational Management – No Specialization
  • MA/Organizational Management – Global Management
  • MA/Organizational Management – Media Management
  • MA/Organizational Management – Human Resources Management
  • MA/Organizational Management – Organizational Leadership
  • MA/Organizational Management – Project Management
  • MA/Organizational Management – Public Administration
  • MA/Organizational Management – Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Public Administration
  • MBA – No Specialization
  • MBA/Business Economics
  • MBA/Entrepreneurship
  • MBA/Environmental Management
  • MBA/Finance
  • MBA/Global Management
  • MBA/Human Resources Management
  • MBA/Information Systems
  • MBA/Marketing
  • MBA/Media Management
  • MBA/Organizational Leadership
  • MBA/Project Management
  • MBA/Public Administration
  • MBA/Supply Chain Management

 College of Education

  • AA/Early Childhood Education
  • BA/Child Development
  • BA/Cognitive Studies
  • BA/Early Childhood Education
  • BA/Early Childhood Education – Infant and Toddler Care
  • BA/Early Childhood Education Administration
  • BA/Early Childhood Education Administration – Infant and Toddler Care
  • BA/Education Studies
  • BA/English Language Learner Studies
  • BA/Instructional Design
  • BA/Education – Library Science and Media
  • MA/Education – Child Development
  • MA/Education – Curriculum & Instruction
  • MA/Education – Early Childhood Education
  • MA/Education – English Language Learners
  • MA/Education – Exceptional Systems for Revolutionizing Education
  • MA/Education – Family & Community Services
  • MA/Education – Higher Education
  • MA/Education – Reading Literacy
  • MA/Education – School Leadership in the 21st Century
  • MA/Education – Special Education
  • MA – Teaching and Learning with Technology

 College of Health, Human Services, and Science

  • BA/Applied Behavioral Science
  • BA/Complementary and Alternative Health
  • BA/Gerontology
  • BA/Health and Human Services
  • BA/Health and Human Services – Long-term Care Management
  • BA/Health and Wellness
  • BA/Health Care Administration
  • BA/Health Care Administration – Long Term Care
  • BA/Health Education
  • BA/Health Informatics
  • BA/Psychology
  • MA/Health Care Administration

  College of Liberal Arts

  • AA/Military Studies
  • BA/Applied Linguistics
  • BA/Communication Studies
  • BA/Cultural Anthropology
  • BA/English
  • BA/Environmental Studies
  • BA/History
  • BA/Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • BA/Journalism and Mass Communication
  • BA/Liberal Arts
  • BA/Law Enforcement Administration
  • BA/Military Studies
  • BA/Political Science and Government
  • BA/Social and Criminal Justice
  • BA/Social Science
  • BA/Sociology
  • MS/Criminal Justice

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Ashford University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (866) 711-1700
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
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Address: 8620 Spectrum Center Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 32,620
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 7%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 0 (0% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,400
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,400
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,701

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Ashford University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Ashford University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 218102
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3
Education 1751
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 64
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Library Science 1
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Psychology 122
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 41
Grand total 458266

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Ashford University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,400
Out-of-state $12,400
Books and supplies $1,070

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,810
Out-of-state $12,810

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 505 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 479 84% $4,701
Student loan aid 389 68% $6,717

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 24,568 86% $6,217
Federal student loans 16,261 57% $7,632

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Ashford University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Ashford University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Ashford University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 32,620
Undergraduate enrollment 26,914
Graduate enrollment 5,706

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Ashford University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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